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frequent night wakings

My daughter is 2 yrs old and for the last month has been waking up at night . When we go to her she wants to be rocked, when we try to rock her she says she wants water, when we give her water she says she has to go pee pee, etc. It goes on for hours (at night). the dr. said let her cry it out, it's not night terrors. But how do you let a 2 yr old cry for 2-3 hours a night???? Any advice will be GREATLY appreciated. My husband and Iare exhausted and do not know what else to do. Can anyone recommend a dr or specialist to bring her to? email @

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Asked by l2668m at 1:57 PM on Feb. 14, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • It will be ok, she doesn't need a specialist, she needs for you to be firm. She is starting a habit that you two need help her break. Her behavior tells me that you guys are giving in to her and giving her the attention that she is seeking. When she gets up you need to put her directly back in her bed and walk away, don't talk to her. Maybe the first time tell her quietly, gently, yet firmly that she needs to go to her bed. You're probably going to have to do it over and over again, but don't talk to her. It should only take about a week to break her. It's hard to let them cry, but she will learn you mean business and will stop crying about it. Maybe try a baby gate it you have to. Hang in there and be strong.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:04 PM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • What you need to do is put her back to bed and tell her it's nighttime, it's time for sleeping. And then leave. Does she have a little doll or something to cuddle?That could help. If she comes out again, do the same thing. Third time or more, just put her back in bed without saying anything to her. Good luck. It shouldn't last too long.

    Answer by tyrelsmom at 6:02 PM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • Read The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizebeth Pantley. They have one for toddlers and preschoolers that would be a big help to you and your baby wouldn't have to cry for hours at night(which she shouldn't have to do). It will probably take some effort but you'll both be happier.

    Answer by Pauline3283 at 2:45 AM on Feb. 15, 2009

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